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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Torrential rain and gusty high winds continued throughout the 3-day weekend, Monday was a federal holiday — President’s Day — that allowed many to stay home safely. In the meantime, the Department of Education has announced that “Due to Weather Uncertainty and safety of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the 12:01a.m Feb. 18th government briefing on the latest update on the storm system impacting the territory, the local Education Department reported that there are 18 people who remain housed at Tafuna Elementary School. ASDOE activated emergency shelters at...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man convicted of having a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old niece is ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders as a condition of his 5 year probation. [in the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the announcement of $600,000 in federal funds to secure and provide for American Samoa’s federal elections. “These are important funds to provide for our islands’ participation in voting and choosing our leaders, as well as securing elections...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested and charged two months ago for driving under the influence is now charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine — a class D felony. Vineula Filipo made his initial appearance in District Court last week where he waived his right to a...
ASPA power plant in Satala
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A spate of electric wire thefts in American Samoa has triggered power disruptions throughout the Tafuna area. Acting Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, Wallon Young, said four thefts had been discovered in the past two weeks. Outages had been...
[l-r] Mrs. Ella Failautusi Gaea Mauga, with her husband, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, candidate for governor; along with former Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale and his wife Marian McGuire Ale,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “Lemanu & Talauega” gubernatorial team for the 2020 general election has defined its campaign on the principles of integrity, leadership, and commitment, according to former Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, in his speech during the team’s...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The extended period of strong winds and battering high surf continues to affect the American Samoan Island chain early this week. Damaging winds of 50 to 55 mph still threaten this area through Tuesday night. High surf continues along American Samoa's north shore...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two females were arrested last week and charged with disturbing the public peace. Lei Apelu, 30, and Ruth Talaleu, 29, made their initial appearances in District Court last week, where Judge Elvis P. Patea ordered their release under certain conditions. Apelu and Talaleu...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
 Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming federal funds for American Samoa through the following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants; the Community Development Block Grant, the Emergency Solutions Grant, and the HOME program.   “These are helpful funds ...

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